Help vulnerable children like Lovai

The world has changed dramatically in the last six months.  Words like unprecedented, and phrases such as the new normal, have become common place. While we’ve been dealing with months of change, children living with debilitating and life-threatening conditions in developing countries continue to face the same problems.

They are still sick. They are still vulnerable. They will still die. And, they still need your help.

And, that’s why we need you today. Bringing life-changing surgery to places like Tonga isn’t just about fixing a problem, it’s about protecting vulnerable children from the life-threatening problems their conditions bring every single day.

Multiply your impact 10x** with a gift of $50 by 30 June and help protect vulnerable children. 

Thanks to our partnership with the Australian Government Aid program, your donation will be multiplied 10x to help protect vulnerable children from a lifetime of illness and disease by ensuring they are healthy enough to fight whatever the future may bring.
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Your gift of $50 can unlock an additional $500 of funding from the Australian Government.

Your $50 = $500
$100 becomes $1,000
A gift of $250 becomes $2,500

Please help protect vulnerable children like Lovai* by giving your generous gift by 30 June. 

 

*Open Heart International chooses to change the name of child patients who have been treated for child protection & privacy purposes.

** Every year, the Australian Government makes limited funding available to fully accredited development agencies for targeted overseas programs under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). As an accredited agency, we apply for government funding and can receive an allocation. An essential requirement is that we must raise $1 for every $10 allocated until we meet the match amount.

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Stories

“When she was born Lovai seemed like a healthy baby,” Gisu, Lovai’s mother says.  But Gisu kept noticing abnormalities after she turned one.

“She started to lose some weight and look pale…Then she had a big sick, a big, high fever one day.”

The loud murmur they heard through the stethoscope was nothing short of a death sentence.

Lovai’s mother was told her little girl had a Ventricular Septal Defect (or VSD), often known as ‘a hole in the heart’. Unfortunately, this name doesn’t convey the seriousness of the condition. What Lovai’s mother had just found out was essentially this – your daughter will get sick often, will not gain weight and will often be too exhausted to move. And then, she will die.

Without treatment children like Lovai have short, limited and often painful lives. And, when disasters like COVID-19 hit, they some of the most at risk of developing serious, sometimes deadly, complications. That’s why the work your support enables is so critically important, today more than ever.

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